I began working for my current employer at the age of 18, my first job out of high school. I earned my first promotion at the age of 19 leading people who were 1 – my parents’ age and 2 – multi year veterans with the company I had been with for only a year. Going from peer to leader in the same building was a unique challenge. I studied the management binders in the office, could quote polices and section numbers, and above all used the leadership skills God had given me to continue to excel in my job. I was the youngest supervisor in a 150-mile radius and there were some people who didn’t let me forget it. No one left baby food on my desk, although I’m sure it crossed a few minds, it was the attitudes, tones and eye rolls that said it all and frankly, it was hurtful.
Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:12 (New American Standard Bible)
Remember when you’re hired by a business it’s because they see something special in you. You have a skill, quality or trait that they want to incorporate into their business. Be open to learn from your new co-workers who come from so many different backgrounds. If you’ve been hired to be the new boss, treat people with respect and show them God’s love in your every day managing of the business.
Young or experienced, when you are exuding Godly qualities, it is tough for people not to be drawn to you. As Christians we are called to be good role models and with the media romanticizing sex tapes, gossip and girls behaving badly we have our work cut out for us.
Our goal should be for people to say, “I’ll have what she’s having.”
Stoplight Prayer: Father in heaven thank you for giving me the opportunity to show your love and faithfulness. Help me to lead by example and not fall into the traps set our enemy.
Still hungry? Learn a lesson from Jesus in John 13:12- 15.